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Politics | 2/4/2015 5:50:32 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - The crop insurance industry and farm groups are trying to head off any attempt by congressional budget writers to cut subsidies for the coverage.
Politics | 2/4/2015 3:16:42 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - The Environmental Protection Agency's final rule to limit pollution from new wood-burning heaters calls for a two-thirds reduction in health-threatening sooty emissions.

Politics | 2/4/2015 3:16:22 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - A health and wellness startup is partnering with Coca-Cola's Minute Maid Division to distribute an innovative new milk product.
Politics | 2/4/2015 2:17:20 PM
SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 4, 2015 - While several segments of the meat industry may already be seen on the losing side of the animal welfare perception battle, there may still be hope for beef.
Politics | 2/4/2015 12:56:43 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - A group representing agricultural employers across the country told Congress on Wednesday that broad legislation addressing the farm labor shortage is needed before implementation of a mandatory E-Verify system.
Politics | 2/4/2015 12:18:17 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman delivered an upbeat private briefing to members of the House Agriculture Committee on the status of negotiations over a Pacific Rim trade agreement, said the panel's chairman, Mike Conaway.
Politics | 2/4/2015
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - Unless you want to join EPA in wading through 3.5 million comments on its plan to reduce coal-power-plant emissions, watch last week's three-hour (Stakeholder Perspectives on EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan) webcast.
Politics | 2/3/2015 8:45:56 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 -- The board of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR), created by the 2014 farm bill, is meeting for the second time this week in Washington, shortly after which it will seek an executive director.
Politics | 2/3/2015 7:53:05 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 -- Early this week, the Environmental Protection Agency officially withdrew its interpretive rule that defined (normal farming practices) for purposes of the Clean Water Act and as required by Congress in the 2015 Omnibus spending bill passed in December.
Politics | 2/3/2015 7:36:33 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 -- The Obama administration is asking Congress for $8.6 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for fiscal year 2016, which is $452 million, or 5 percent, more than its 2015 actual budget.
Politics | 2/3/2015 4:03:58 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 - The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (IOM) says the white potato is now OK to be added to the official shopping list for USDA's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
Politics | 2/3/2015 2:42:53 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee will take another look at the idea of severing nutrition programs from the rest of the farm bill as part of its upcoming review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, said the panel's chairman, Mike Conaway.
Politics | 2/3/2015 2:25:23 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 - After two previous failed attempts, NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite on Jan. 31 - designed to detect soil moisture, improve climate and weather forecasts, track yields and help scientists more accurately account for how much carbon plants are removing from Earth's atmosphere each year.
Politics | 2/3/2015 11:34:12 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 3, 2015 - The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America, today welcomed introduction of the Conservation Easement Incentive Act in Congress.
Politics | 2/2/2015 1:43:23 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2015 - President Obama is proposing for the first time to create a single food-safety agency while also reviving failed attempts to slash crop insurance premium subsidies and impose new user fees on agribusiness and food companies.
Politics | 2/2/2015
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2015 - The chairmen of the House and Senate Agriculture committees blasted the Obama administration's renewed proposal to slash premium subsidies for crop insurance.
Politics | 2/1/2015
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2015 - President Barack Obama sends Congress a fiscal 2016 budget Monday that will be dead on arrival because it sets aside the across-the-board cuts Congress set five years ago.
Politics | 1/31/2015
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2015 - As the renewable fuels industry waits for the Obama administration to act on the Renewable Fuel Standard, the National Biodiesel Board is speaking out, calling the agency's lack of action "unacceptable."
Politics | 1/30/2015 3:16:06 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - The School Nutrition Association, which represents school district nutrition directors, says Congress needs to increase the reimbursement for each school breakfast and lunch by 35 cents to make sure school districts can afford to meet federal nutrition requirements.
Politics | 1/30/2015 12:45:24 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2015- The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new measures to delay the corn rootworm pest becoming resistant to corn genetically engineered to produce certain pesticides.
Politics | 1/29/2015 4:38:54 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - A bipartisan group of senators is seeking to kick off a debate over U.S. Cuban policy by proposing to end all restrictions on American travel to the island.
Politics | 1/29/2015 3:59:45 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - Senate Republicans failed to get a veto-proof margin on a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline but pledged to tack the measure onto other energy legislation.
Politics | 1/29/2015 3:26:50 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - Agricultural producers and private forest landowners have until Feb. 27 to apply for payments under the USDA's Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) if they want to be considered for this year's funding. Applications received after that date will be considered for future funding.
Politics | 1/29/2015 2:53:42 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Problems in the U.S. rail industry saw plenty of action last year after crippling Midwest grain transportation, and efforts to hold the system in check look to continue into the new Congress.
Politics | 1/29/2015 2:40:49 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - The Environmental Protection Agency and the manufacturers of methomyl have agreed to cancel some uses of the insecticide and limit its application on certain crops to reduce risks to drinking water.
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